Putrajaya to review 1.5 million Bangladeshi worker intake

Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Pakatan Harapan had promised to reduce the country’s dependency on cheap foreign labour to raise wages. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — All policies pertaining to foreign workers will be reviewed, including the plan by the defeated Barisan Nasional administration to import 1.5 million Bangladeshi nationals, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said today.

“All that will be subject to review,” the Ipoh Barat MP told reporters after holding a maiden visit to the Industrial Courts here.

More than a third of the country’s 14 million workforce are migrant workers and the Pakatan Harapan coalition made it a key campaign issue in the lead up to the May 9 polls, promising to reduce the country’s dependency on cheap foreign labour to raise wages.

Kulasegaran said the new government’s focus will be on empowering local workers.

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